After studying and working as a science and data journalist at ORF, Niki Popper founded the research company dwh GmbH and the film, animation and data journalism company drahtwarenhandlung in 2003. Both companies are still operating successfully, Niki Popper is CSO of dwh GmbH.
Since 2010, Niki Popper then focused on research activities again and completed his PhD in comparative and hybrid modelling and simulation in 2015. Since 2014, under his leadership, DEXHELPP (Decision Support for Health Policy and Planning, founded as an FFG COMET initiative) has established itself as the prototypical scientific institution to develop, establish and continuously implement secure and transparent data linkage processes between the health system and its various players and the research landscape.
In addition to founding the interfaculty centre COCOS at TU Wien in 2017, Popper is specifically dedicated to the development and implementation of complex, interdisciplinary research platforms and projects in various fields. This always involves the modelling, evaluation and further development of dynamic socio-technical systems such as freight mobility (e.g. together with the University of Vienna, AAU Klagenfurt, ÖBB, Vienna Municipality), energy processes (e.g. together with TU Graz, University of Graz, RWTH Aachen, E. ON, Energie Allianz Austria), infrastructure planning (e.g. together with WU Vienna), production (e.g. with Siemens, ATP, Berndorf, Infineon) and health processes (e.g. together with Harvard School of Public Health, IMBA, IMP, University of Vienna, IHS, AIHTA, Ministry of Health, umbrella organisation of social insurance). In this way, Niki Popper and his group have been able to acquire 7.25 million euros in competitive Viennese funding in recent years (excluding industry funding).
Niki Popper was part of the Ministry of Health's forecasting consortium during the COVID-19 crisis with TU Vienna, DEXHELPP and dwh GmbH, responsible for a number of studies and monitoring in the areas of development of testing strategies, assisted the National Immunisation Panel in prioritising and planning the vaccination strategy for Austria and is an honorary member of the COVID19 Advisory Board at the Ministry of Health (a technical committee of the Supreme Sanitary Council).
Niki Popper's research focuses on the development of methods for selecting, comparing and combining different modelling methods to implement simulations of dynamic socio-technical systems in order to increase their effectiveness, equity and resilience. In addition to the methodological comparison and the development of new combination possibilities, the integration of the models into transparent, comprehensible and reproducible data processes is in the foreground of the research.
Current research projects focus on the further development of the GEPOC population model for Austria and other countries, which was launched in 2010. This model enables the modular mapping of the Austrian population with different data, processes and infrastructures in order to model and analyse current developments as well as future scenarios. Thus, different models and perspectives can be coupled in a sustainable, quality-assured and resource-efficient way to model socio-technical systems.
For detailed information see the following CV in pdf form.
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